s extreme weather, droughts, floods and fires ravage parts of our planet, the world is slowly coming around to the alarming consequences posed by global warming and unmitigated climate change. At last year’s National Day Rally, the Prime Minister made it amply clear that just protecting Singapore from rising seas would probably cost upwards of $100b. For sure, if nothing is done, global warming, sea-level rise, extreme heat and unprecedented rains will destroy water systems everywhere. For tiny Singapore, there is simply no time to waste. We have to plan now and to be prepared for what is surely to come. PUB’s new role as Singapore’s Coastal Protection Agency cannot be more timely.
When it comes to water, Singapore plans far ahead, as far as 50 years ahead. Because we cannot allow Singapore to be caught without enough water, or have sewage overflowing onto our streets, or have floods devastate our city.
We are crystal clear that the Singapore water system must be three things. It must be adequate; it must be resilient; and it must be sustainable. Adequacy means that the system must be big enough for current requirements, and continue to be big enough as Singapore’s needs grow. Resilience means that the system must be tough. It must still work when there are shocks to the system, and be able to adjust should there be disruptions and outages. Sustainability means that the system must have legs; it must endure. It cannot just be working for a year or two, and then get too expensive or too cumbersome to operate.
And so, PUB’s plans and projects, whether they be for water supply, sewerage, wastewater treatment or drainage, must make our water system more adequate, more resilient and more sustainable.
Of course, PUB cannot build and operate Singapore’s water system all by itself. We rely on an entire industry of scientists, engineers, technicians, constructors, contractors, suppliers and even publishers. Therefore, this latest Singapore Environmental Industry Directory is an important resource for everyone in the field, and also indispensable for those looking for advice, supplies, collaboration or new business opportunities. PUB is pleased to partner Marshall Cavendish in bringing out this publication. I am sure that you will find it to be a valuable source of information, and a helpful reference for advancing your business.
The Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), originally slated for July 2020, has fallen victim to COVID-19. The next edition of SIWW will be staged 20-24 June 2021 at the Marina Bay Sands. We look forward to welcoming everyone to SIWW 2021, which I promise will be filled with exciting activities, thoughtful discourse, and the latest and greatest in water technology.
Mr Ng Joo Hee
PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency